Yes, I heave looked at different web pages about lupus. What I am looking for is, is there anyone out there who has gone through this and has any words of advice.
in a nut shell My female seven year old sheltie/whippet has suffered through many skin problems through the years. During the last 1/2 year her nose has not been (typical moist, but partly) then about 3 months ago it was as if one nostril was inflamed and a little blistered. During the 3 months, it has looked worst sometimes and sometimes included both nostrils. at it's worst point, it looked infected and affected the eye also. During this 3 month period she has been on prednisone and different antibiotics. We finally had a biopsy done and just received the diagnosis:
There was a presentation of either of discoid lupus or of pemphigus erythematosus.
at the moment I am trying vitamin E and a pill with all the essential fatty acids. restricting her exposure to sunlight and taking away her plastic dishes.
thanking you in advance , Lisa
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I have Lupus. but I wasn't aware that dogs could have it.I gotta tell you, if it is Lupus, lovingly and gently put the dog to sleep. I only wish someone would do the same for me
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I have Lupus. but I wasn't aware that dogs could have it.I gotta tell you, if it is Lupus, lovingly and gently put the dog to sleep. I only wish someone would do the same for me

I'm so sorry for you. I had and have friends with Lupus. It is no fun. I've watched my friends suffer terribly. And know that there is so little for them that can be done.
blessings to you for pain free days.

Nessa
http://www.nessa.info
No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently. Agnes DeMille
http://aolsvc.petplace.aol.com/articles/artShow.asp?artID=775this was the ssite I found most helpful. From what I know is that discoid lupus affects the skin and not the whole bodies internal organs and bones.

thank you all for your help. I guess at this point we will take one step at a time and start trying the least aggressive treatment and see where that takes us.
any help is still greatly appreciated.
Lisa
Yes, I heave looked at different web pages about lupus. What I am looking for is, is there anyone out there who has gone through this and has any words of advice.

Sorry to hear you've been hit with what sounds like a serious problem. I have not had to deal with this with any of my dogs, but whenever I do need medical information, I go to the Merck Veterinary Manual which is available on-line at www.merckvetmanual.com Just type in the diagnosis. If I thought my vet wasn't an expert on the problem, I would ask for a referal to the appropriate specialist.
Good luck,
Margaret
Yes, I heave looked at different web pages about lupus. What I am looking for is, is there anyone out there who has gone through this and has any words of advice.

A friend of mine is going through this with her dog. Similar nose problems, but his biggest issue (that I know of) is how he tears up his paw pads when he gets any amount of exercise. It's been frustrating and expensive, but they finally have it under control. He still needs to be monitored closely, but that muscle tone is coming back.

Suja
thanks,
I don't have a problem with the diagnosis as it came from one of the 3 pieces of tissue they took from her nose. it was then sent to a surgical pathologist. I only hope at this point that her treatment will help. and not have to be too aggressive or expensive. T this point I figure we are up to 750 $ for her nose.
thanks, Lisa looking forward to looking at the web site.
I would like to hear more about the dog. My dog has no problem with her feet. Her muscle tone is also just fine. She is sheltie/whippet and does look it.
Lisa
I have lupus and it's not a death sentence. Barbara Bush's dog had lupus. Lupus dogs use many of the same meds that us human lupies use. Prednisone, anti inflammtories, mtx, among other corticosteroids and immunosuppressives can also be used.
http://www.vetinfo4dogs.com/dlupus.html
You will need to find what triggers the animal, then try to avoid that (in my case, the sun, too much stress, alfalfa, etc)
Pain management is also important. Many times the steroids and anti inflammtories are enough, but other times it's not. Dogs can use opiods just like people... finding a vet who routinely uses it, that's another story.
Of course there are certain supplements that are helpful... omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin c, vitamin e. I don't know if dogs need additional B vitamins.. but a good multi vitamin wouldn't hurt.

Also, sometimes antibiotics are very helpful.
Lupus is not something to give up on. I fight this disease every day. I was dx'd at 19... it's been a long 8 yrs but I have a pretty good life.

HTH
Nicole
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